A fairly common reaction to counter the rising use of adblockers is to implement anti-adblocking scripts to get Internet users to disable the content blocker on websites that rely on advertising revenue.
Update: Nano Adblocker and Defender ownership changed hand (except for the Firefox version), and the new version should be uninstalled immediately. We removed links to all versions except the Firefox version as a consequence.
Depending on how these scripts work, they may just display warnings when users visit the site with enabled adblockers or require that users deactivate the adblocker or whitelist the site to continue.
It is a race between creators of adblockers and anti-adblockers that does not address the bigger underlying picture in regards to advertisement on the Internet.
One option that uBlock Origin users have is to use Nano Defender's anti-adblocking capabilities. Nano Defender is an anti-adblock defuser by the creator of Nano Adblocker.
The process is a bit complicated for uBlock Origin, but it works without having to install Nano Adblocker in the browser of choice.
You find the instructions on GitHub, but here is everything explained in detail:
Most anti-adblocking scripts should be blocked automatically once you have changed the configuration of uBlock Origin and integrated the custom filter lists in the extension.
A quick test on several sites that use anti-adblocking functionality confirmed that this worked just fine at that point in time. The sites would load without the adblocking notification that they display normally when using adblocking extensions.
The lists get updated automatically and everything should work without you having to do anything form that point onward.
It is possible that you may run into connection issues with some sites that use anti-adblockers. It is still possible then to disable uBlock Origin, or, report the issue to have it addressed by the extension developer.
Now You: What is your take on sites using anti-adblockers that notify or block users with adblockers?
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